Jurickson Profar
Latest MRI on Jurickson Profar's shoulder comes back clean
Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX
News: The latest MRI on Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar’s shoulder appears to show the shoulder is healing properly and Profar can increase his workload, reports FOXSports.com/southwest

Profar has been throwing from 60 feet, but will begin throwing from 75 feet starting next week. He'll also begin taking dry swings from the right side.


Gordon Beckham
White Sox sign Gordon Beckham, DFA Dayan Viciedo
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CHW
News: The White Sox signed second baseman Gordon Beckham  to a one-year, $2 million contract, the team announced.

Beckham spent more than five seasons with the White Sox. He is a career .245 hitter and is expected to play in a utility role. To make room for Beckham, the team designated Dayan Viciedo for assignment.


Dustin Pedroia
Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia: 'I plan on playing 162' games
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
News: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who is coming off September wrist surgery, told reporters he plans to play all 162 games this season, per Comcast SportsNet Northeast.

"I plan on playing 162," said Pedroia. "[Farrell] said that because my numbers were impacted [by the injury]. But I don't look at it any different. I mean, I played 178 games (in 2013) with a torn thumb. Obviously, I'm human -- the next year, you're going to have a tough time."

Pedroia has been limited the past three seasons due to a number of injuries. He injured his wrist in the home opener and wasn't the same the rest of the way. The 31-year-old Pedroia hit just .278 with seven home runs, 33 doubles and 53 RBI in 135 games last season. He has hit fewer than 10 home runs in two straight seasons.

Pedroia reiterated that he's at 100 percent to start spring training.

"I'm back...you'll see," Pedroia said. "I'm good, ready to go. If [the season] started tomorrow, I'd be good. I'm very excited. Obviously, after last year, it didn't go very well, so we've got a lot of stuff to prove.'"


Eric Sogard
Athletics, Eric Sogard avoid arbitration
Eric Sogard, 2B, OAK
News: The Athletics and infielder Eric Sogard have agreed to a one-year, $1.075 million deal, avoiding arbitration, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman on Friday. Sogard hit .223/.298/.268 with one home run, 22 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 291 at-bats last season.

Josh Rutledge
Report: Angels no longer in play for Gordon Beckham
Josh Rutledge, 2B, LAA
News: The Angels are no longer in play for second baseman Gordon Beckham, reports MLB.com on Friday. The team is now set on having Josh Rutledge, Johnny Giavotella, Grant Green and Taylor Featherston compete for second base/utility at-bats moving forward.

Beckham was non-tendered by the Angels on Dec. 2. He managed a slash line of .227/.271/.348 in 2014.


Jose Altuve
Astros' Jose Altuve: It seems like we're ready to go to the playoffs
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU
News: The Astros have been active this offseason trying to reshape the roster for the 2015 campaign. Some of the roster moves made have included the acquistions of Evan Gattis, Luis Valbuena and Dan Straily, as well as the signings of Jed Lowrie, Pat Neshek and Colby Rasmus. 

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is pumped up about the roster additions and indicated Friday he feels the Astros have a chance to compete for a playoff spot in 2015, per The Houston Chronicle.

“I think the front office, they know what they’re doing,” Altuve said. “I always expect a winning season. No matter what team we have, I always want to win.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of movement lately on the team. It seems like the thing is we’re ready to go to the playoffs, so we’re going to work hard for that.”

The Astros finished fourth in the AL West in 2014 (70-92). Altuve made his second All-Star team in 2014, while leading the majors in hits (225) and batting average (.341).


Jason Kipnis
Indians aren't expecting Kipnis to be too far behind at start of camp
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
News: Indians general manager Chris Antonetti told MLB Network Radio on Thursday second baseman Jason Kipnis might be just a day or two behind when spring training begins. Kipnis had surgery in December to repair a damaged tendon in his finger.

"He had his pin removed," Antonetti said. "His lower body conditioning has not been restricted, and he'll start his hitting progression in February."

Indians manager Terry Francona also gave a positive update on Kipnis earlier this week.

"He looked good. His spirits are good and he looks good," Francona said, per MLB.com. "It's his finger. In a perfect world, that doesn't happen, but that's not going to get in the way."


Ian Kinsler
Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler working on leveling out his swing
Ian Kinsler, 2B, DET
News: Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler said he has worked on leveling out his swing this offseason to hit more line drives, according to the Detroit Free Press. Kinsler said he has a natural uppercut swing, and in some situations he tends to get overly aggressive at the plate in hoping to extend a lead or close a deficit.

“Sometimes when I take those chances, it results in a weak out. I’m trying to eliminate that as much as possible," he said. 

Kinsler was an All-Star for the fourth time in his career in 2014. He hit .275 with 17 home runs, 40 doubles, 92 RBI, 100 runs and 15 stolen bases in 161 games.


Andy Parrino
Athletics sent INF Andy Parrino outright to Triple-A
Andy Parrino, 2B, OAK
News: The Athletics sent infielder Andy Parrino outright to Triple-A Nashville on Friday after clearing waivers, per the San Francisco Chronicle. He was sent for an assignment last week. Parrino hit .152 in 46 at-bats for the A's last season. He's expected to be invited to big-league spring training.

Luis Valbuena
Cubs 3B Luis Valbuena avoids arbitration with $4.2 million deal
Luis Valbuena, 2B, HOU
News: Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $4.2 million contract for 2015 prior to Friday's deadline, reports ESPN. Valbuena, 29, hit .249 with 16 homers and 51 RBI over 478 at-bats in 2014.

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